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India: Hindu extremists kill church planter, dump body in woods

Sep 23 Christian Post

A church planter in India’s Maharashtra state was brutally killed by Hindu extremists after suffering years of abuse for his Christian faith amid escalating religious intolerance and violence in the country.
Persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reports that on July 10, unknown Hindu extremists murdered Pastor Munsi Thado, 35, and left his body in the forest near Badpari village in the Godcharoli district of Maharashtra state.
The Hindus reportedly dragged the pastor from his home, ignoring his wife Rajini’s pleas for his life to be spared.
In the five years preceding his death, Pastor Munsi lived in the forest near Badpari village due to village pressure. Village leaders angered by Munsi’s evangelistic .... 

After Delhi Police Gaffe on Trump Chronology, Riots Chargesheet Takes U-Turn on Conspiracy Date. 

Sep 23 The Wire

The 2,695 page chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police last week repeats all the claims made in earlier chargesheets about the role of the anti-CAA movement in the February 2020 riots, with one crucial exception: investigators have dropped their embarrassing assertion that the conspiracy to trigger violence in northeast Delhi during the visit to India of US President Donald Trump was hatched in a meeting on January 8, 2020.
That claim – made in two chargesheets which have already been filed in cases relating to FIR 65/2020 and FIR 101/2020 – was patently false, because the very idea of a Trump visit was first reported only on January 13.
The January 8 plan, the police had said, was aimed at “defaming the country in the  ....

Speaker urged to expunge remarks against slain Australian missionary.

Sep 23 Asia News

Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) has called on the Lok Sabha Speaker to expunge remarks of a member against Graham Stuart Staines who was burned to death along with his two sons, in Odisha, eastern India, 21 years ago.
The Christian community in India is deeply distressed at the remarks Satya Pal Singh made on September 21, during a debate on Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020, EFI general secretary Reverend Vijayesh Lal said in a press release.
Singh had alleged that the NGO of Staines was converting people to Christianity and local tribals were upset with him.
“There was uproar over Graham Staines. What happened to him and his two children was wrong. But CBI, Odisha Crime Branch and the Justice D P Wadhwa  ...

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Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha, passes FCRA bill restricting Christian institutions from accepting donations from overseas.

Sep 21 2020

The Lok Sabha passed the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 on Monday even as the Opposition raised concerns that the legislation may be used to target political opponents and religious minorities.
Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, who introduced the Bill on behalf of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, defended making Aadhaar a mandatory identification document for all the office bearers of an NGO or an association seeking foreign donations.
He said the 2018 Supreme Court order allowed the government to make a separate law in areas where Aadhar card is required. “A law can be brought to make Aadhar mandatory. Why some functionaries can hide their identity,” Mr. Rai asked.
Supriya Sule of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) attacked the government on  ... 

Dubious voice vote to pass critical farm bills severely dents Indian democracy. Slow death of Indian Democracy aided by Washington.

Sep 20 The Scroll

Dubious voice vote to pass critical farm bills severely dents Indian democracy. A voice vote would be acceptable if there was a near-consensus. But for the controversial farm bills, the Rajya Sabha should have voted using a division. Sunday saw chaos in the Rajya Sabha as the three critical bills on the agricultural sector were up for vote.
The scope of the legislation is vast, opening up India’s tightly-regulated farming sector as well as agricultural marketing to free market forces. Supporters of the move have called it a “1991 moment” – referring to the moment many regulations on private industry were abolished by Prime Minister Naramsimha Rao. Critics, however, have argued that these new agricultural policies will lead to farmers losing out on guaranteed   ...

Indian government puts NGOs under electronic control 'to avoid forced conversions'. 

Sep 22 Asian News

The Lower House of the Indian parliament, the Lok Sabha, yesterday passed the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment (FCRA) bill 2020 that imposes additional controls on NGOs’ finances.
Under the legislation, NGOs must use an Aadhaar card, a biometric electronic document, in order to conduct financial transactions with foreign sources.
The decision to impose the card stems from the belief that “forced conversions" have been taking place in India in the past 50 years.
The case of Anglican missionary Graham Staines, killed with his two sons in a fire started by Hindu radicals on 22 January 1999 (family picture), came up during the discussions in the house.
During the debate, members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party, expressed ....

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Hindu extremists terrorise small Pentecostal community in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India

Sept 15 Asia News

Members of the Yuva Shakti Sangathan accuse a Christian clergyman of trying to convert hundreds of Hindus. Rev Santosh Kannaujia denies the allegations. Local Christians gather only to pray. For the Global Council of Indian Christians, Hindu radicals think Indian Christians are second-class citizens.
Hindu extremists from the Yuva Shakti Sangathan attacked a small Pentecostal community in Bela, a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, terrorising its members last Sunday.
Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan K. George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), said that a dozen of Hindu extremists, associated with Hindutva, a pan-Hindu extremist ideology, went to the home of Santosh Kannaujia, a local Pentecostal clergyman. ...” 

Police threaten to charge pastor, frame son with crimes, if he refuses to stop sharing Gospel 

Sept 14 Christian Today

A Christian pastor in northern India was forced to sign papers renouncing all religious activity — including sharing the Gospel or holding worship in his home — after a police officer threatened to file false charges against him and his teenage son.
A house church pastor identified only as Pastor Sugriv told Morning Star News that the threats by police in Uttar Pradesh state came after his son, 19-year-old Pawan Kumar, asked intoxicated Hindu extremists to stop making offensive comments about Christianity outside their home in Tarkulwa village, Maharajganj District.
"The officers at Shyam Deurwa police station joined hands with the assailants and forced us to sign a document vowing that we would never conduct.....

India bans 6 Christian groups from accepting foreign funds in 'shakedown' by Hindu nationalist party

Sept 10 ChristianPost

Amid another crackdown on foreign aid, India has canceled six Christian organizations’ licenses to receive donations from outside the country in a move some say is little more than a “shakedown” by the Hindu nationalist party.
According to a report from UCA News, New Life Fellowship Association, Evangelical Churches Association of Manipur, Ecreosoculis North Western Gossner Evangelical, and Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church have all had their licenses canceled under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. 
John Prabhudoss, chairman of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America, told The Christian Post that two additional Christian ...

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Christians in Northern India Forced to Stop Worship, Pastor Says.

Sep 10 MorningstarNews

Harassment of Christians by hard-line Hindus in northern India ended in police coercing a pastor to agree to stop holding worship in his home after an officer threatened to make false charges against his son, he said.
The pastor said the coercion by police in Uttar Pradesh state came after his son, 19-year-old Pawan Kumar, on Aug. 25 asked intoxicated Hindus to stop yelling disparaging remarks about Christianity outside their home in Tarkulwa village, Maharajganj District.
“The officers at Shyam Deurwa police station joined hands with the assailants and forced us to sign a document vowing that we would never conduct prayers in our home, and that we would not share gospel with anyone,” the house-church leader, identified only as Pastor Sugriv, told Morning Star News. “I was forced to sign it.....” 

Four Christian NGOs at risk of closure over allegations of 'proselytising’.

Sep 10 Asia News 

Protestant organisations operating in Jharkhand, Manipur and Mumbai have been targeted. Some have been in the country since the 1950s. The Home Affairs Ministry has revoked their licences to receive foreign funds, making the groups’ work impossible. For Sajan K George, forced conversion charges are false and are designed to increase ethnic-religious tensions.
This is not the first time that the government has cancelled the FCRA[*] licences of NGOs. Such licences are mandatory for non-profit organisations to receive foreign funds. Just like anti-conversion laws, the FCRA is used as a tool to target and control non-profits that don't fit into the government’s ideological pattern and agenda. Last February, the government suspended the licence of the New Life Fellowship..

Attacked Christians in India Risk Arrest if Worship Draws more Assaults

Sep 6 MorningstarNews 

Police in eastern India have threatened to arrest Christians for “disturbing the peace” if their worship draws more opposition after recent attacks, including one that has nearly cost an elderly woman her sight, sources said.
Complaining that Christian prayers have driven away their nature-based gods, tribal animists in Badaguda, Odisha state have repeatedly attacked 12 families since the Christians left their traditional religion two years ago. The 55 to 60 Christians in Koraput District have been sheltering together each night for the past six months, fearful of more assaults after villagers burned their makeshift church structure in March and beat men, women and children on July 21.
“The 12 Christian families have faced ...

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Archbishop Barwa: The legacy of the Christian martyrs of Orissa, India

Aug 29 Asia News:

"The life and courage of these people is a legacy for the Church and we want to keep it for future generations": with this quote from John Paul II, Archbishop John Barwa, of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, urges his faithful to remember the martyrs of Orissa, killed in an anti-Christian pogrom in 2008. At the behest of the Bishops' Conference of the region, the day of the memory of the martyrs is set for August 30, tomorrow.
In 2008, starting from August, Hindu nationalist violence, unleashed above all in the district of Kandhamal, destroyed 395 churches and places of prayer of Adivasi and Dalit Christians; 6500 houses were burned; at least 100 people killed; over 40 women were raped, harassed and humiliated; schools, social services, health centers destroyed or vandalized; more than 75 thousand people displaced; many Dalits forced to (re) convert to Hinduism. Even today, none of those responsible for the violence have been brought to justice.

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'Suffering for the sake of the Gospel': Hindu radicals in India brutally beat pastor for 2 hours.

Aug 27 ChristianToday

A pastor in India shared how his faith sustained him as Hindu extremists beat him almost to the point of death because of his evangelistic efforts.
International Christian Concern reports that on Aug. 21, Pastor Prasanna Kumar, 32, was attacked and brutally beaten by a mob of radical Hindu nationalists as he returned home from a prayer meeting in Bikampur village, located in the Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh. The radicals accused the pastor of forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity. "The attack seemed well planned," Pastor Kumar told ICC. "I thought they were going to kill me." According to the pastor, a mob surrounded him and pulled him from his motorbike before beating him with wooden clubs.
"They yelled at me and accused me of converting people to the Christian faith," Kumar told ICC. "They said that I give money to people to make them convert to Christianity.".....

Hindu extremists beat  aphysically handicapped pastor for following 'foreign God'. 

Aug 18 Christianity Today

Three Christians were brutally beaten by Hindu extremists angered by the believers' acceptance of what they called a "foreign faith" and "foreign God."
Pastor Ramnivas Kumar, who leads a church in Ranjitpur village, Bihar state, told Morning Star News that he and two other Christians were explaining the Gospel to two Hindu friends over tea at his house when they heard neighbors shouting outside the door.
"They were hurling abuses at me, accusing me of accepting a foreign faith and following a foreign God," Kumar told the outlet.
When the pastor asked the Hindu extremists why they had intruded onto his property and were "hurling abuses" at him about his faith, they began beating him and the two other Christians who were at his house.
Kumar, who has an artificial leg, was unable to sufficiently defend himself from the attacks.
"They started beating us with steel rods and ...

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